Since 1999 I’ve enjoyed the adventures of Tai, Agumon and the rest of the cast as they depend their bonds with their Digimon (Digital Monsters) and each other to battle those that threaten the Digital and Human worlds. While the premise of the entire show is about bonds and the adventures that forge them, this movie shows us the end of that story. This is where the bonds of Tai and Matt are severed from their Digimon, Agumon and Gabumon. I’m not going to post any spoilers to the movie but I will write this review with two assumptions. I’ll assume readers at least know their is a farewell scene and that their will be some new Digimon forms show up.
While Digimon has tackled the concept of growing up in Digimon Tri the writing in Tri can be rather messy and pointless at times. This is not the case with Digimon Kizuna. The movie focuses on the concept of Matt and Tai growing up and growing apart from their Digimon companions. They find out that due to their age a timer has been set that signals the end of their bond. The enemy, Eosmon, appears which forces Tai and Matt to use their Digimon to save people around the globe only to find that it’s someone who wants to prevent people from losing their Digimon partners.
The movie does an incredible job at showing the emotional turmoil Matt and Tai are in as they understand the benefits of what their enemy is doing. They don’t want to say goodbye to their Digimon and it’s tempting to live in a world where they never have to. However, the characters show great maturity as they realize that growing up also means at times growing apart from the things that defined you as a child. As someone who watched this show as a child and came back to watch this movie as an adult I found I related very heavily to this movie. I felt like this wasn’t just a movie about the characters growing apart from their Digimon but also one of us the viewers who grew up with these characters growing apart from them.
When the timer gets close to zero we see Agumon and Gabumon take on entirely new forms that honestly look amazing. I know a lot of people ask where these forms came from but that was never a question on my mind. Digimon has proven time and time again that the form a Digimon takes is very mailable to the emotions of their human counterpart. I thought it was a nice final surprise for their final battle.
I also liked how we saw the cast of season 2 of Digimon Adventure. We got virtually no footage of them in Digimon Tri, which was frustrating, but they had some nice moments in this movie. While they weren’t the focus in this movie it does do a great job showing how they are still contributing to helping others with their Digimon.
The final thing I will talk about is the farewell scene. It brought me to tears, it was a very touching and emotional moment to say goodbye. I think part of the reason it was so tough was due to the fact that I’ve spent a long time enjoying these characters and this farewell made it clear that this was it. I’m also content with how it ended because it made a great point that while growing up means to grow apart from things you loved from a child, it only opens up possibilities for new adventures moving forward as an adult.
Overall the theme is not that complex and focuses heavily on the turmoil Matt and Tai face with the impending separation from their Digimon. Where this movie excels is in how well they hit the emotional impact of that separation to make one of the most emotionally involved stories I’ve ever seen in Digimon. If you were ever attached to these characters as a child I almost feel like you need to watch this movie to get some sort of sense of closure for the series. If you didn’t watch these characters then the movie likely won’t have near as much entertainment value but would still be an enjoyable watch, my wife watched it with me and she loved it with no prior knowledge of Digimon. It was amazing from start to finish.